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Decent deals on wine

post #1 of 18
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For those in the OC area, the Costco in Tustin has some very nice deals on wine, I picked up a case of 2000 Beaulieu Georges Latour Private Reserve Cab for $57/bottle (if you can find it, usually about $85) and a case of 2001 Penfolds Bin 707 for $75/bottle (close to $100 usually)
post #2 of 18
You know, Costco really does have a pretty decent wine selection. As with everything else that Costco does, it might be a bit hit-and-miss sometimes, but I always see some good stuff at good prices.
post #3 of 18
My friends in Delaware also enjoy pointing out the selection and prices at Costco. Costcos in Pennsylvania (and other "controlled' states, I presume) cannot sell wine. But there may be an alternative. The new head of the PA LCB (I think his name is Newman but I do not recall his first name) is a wine guy, and he's been using the states buying power to get some incredible deals, calling them "Chairman's Selections." Usually these are high-end wines, but perhaps have been sitting (often at the winery) because sales are slow. They need to be moved to allow for the next vintage... I don't follow Penfolds, but for example, the '99 Bin 707 is selling for $68.49 according to the website. There are often bottles in the specialty stores that aren't on the web, so if you're in PA it may be worth stopping in from time to time. http://www.pawineandspirits.com
post #4 of 18
Costco generally has good selections of wine. The Georges Latour Private Reserve is generally considered to be among the best of the American cabernets and comparable to those of the first growth French chateaus. Costco generally has this at about half the price of other outlets and they will sometimes mark down the previous year's vintage when they get the next year in stock. I read an article about Costco wines a few years ago, in Wine Spectator, I believe and the general gist was that despite being a warehouse store, Costco's marketing clout and widespread distribution had made them one of the top wine distributors in the country. In addition, they had hired a wine buyer who focuses on picking quality selections. Bradford
post #5 of 18
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Sounds good, they still had more Latour there, I may go back and pick up a couple more loose bottles. That's a really good price on the Bin 707, I don't think they make it in all years, only ones with better grapes. Someone told me that a Costco in the East Coast had Pride Cabernet for like $50 a bottle or something, need to find deals like that
post #6 of 18
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I read an article about Costco wines a few years ago, in Wine Spectator, I believe and the general gist was that despite being a warehouse store, Costco's marketing clout and widespread distribution had made them one of the top wine distributors in the country. In addition, they had hired a wine buyer who focuses on picking quality selections.
Yes. I remember this same article. I believe there was one in the NYT roughly the same time, exuding the same sentiments.
post #7 of 18
FYI - not only is Costco the number 1 wine retailer in the world, but check this out... "Costco to launch own wine brand As reported at just-drinks.com, the huge U.S. wine retailer Costco will launch its own wine label, using the Kirkland name. According to reports in the U.S. trade press, the wine will be an Australian Shiraz and sell for $9.79. -- September 20, 2004" Bradford
post #8 of 18
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Yeah, between that, and not marking things up especially much, Costco is a great place to get wine, they have pallets and pallets of 96 Dom Perignon in the store for $96/bottle, my only concern about that is the storage temperature...although certainly that's a pretty robust champagne.
post #9 of 18
$57/bottle...$75...$96...hmm. I suppose this probably just varies with disposable income, but: at what price point do you gents start feeling uneasy about a bottle of wine, of the sort you'd plan to drink with your average everyday meal? I see a lot of highly recommended wines over $30, and even though I know there can be a substantial difference in quality, I just can't help thinking "gosh, when the heck would we actually drink this?" By the time you get to $75, $100, etc, I'm thinking "One of us could have a nice sweater (or something else durable) for this." And so we invariably end up getting the $10-30 stuff to stock the winerack. I'm not sure this perception would change much even if we did win the lottery or luck into buying the next Microsoft/Cisco/whatever, either. *Not* criticizing anyone's choices here, and it's probably a dumb question on a board where most of us drool over $3000+ suits...guess I'm just curious about the decision process behind a willingness to buy expensive wines in larger quantities.
post #10 of 18
Forgot one thing...I suppose those of you who are avid wine collectors know about this already, but I just read that the US Supreme Court is apparently leaning toward voiding state laws in MI and NY that curtail or prohibit direct out-of-state wine buying by residents. As things stand, I can't send so much as a single bottle of California Merlot to my parents. These laws seem to exist primarily to benefit wholesalers, though they are portrayed as protecting minors. I'd be glad to see them struck down.
post #11 of 18
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Well, IMO life is too short to drink inferior wines. That doesn't necessarily mean that cheaper wines are of poorer quality, but those two are pretty good. Then again, it really depends on what you are trying to do, there are some other ones that are quite good, but then again IMO I think cheaper red wines are generally going to be inferior.
post #12 of 18
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Well, IMO life is too short to drink inferior wines.
Fair enough. I'm not really sure what other answer I was expecting there. I do tend to...invest more in reds than in whites, at least--along with avoiding "Two-Buck Chuck" and anything that comes in a box.
post #13 of 18
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That's probably a good idea. My collection is almost exclusively cabs or bordeauxs, not only because of value, but also because of my taste in wine. I could make a decent amount of money by offloading some of the rarer wines I have, but I bought them to drink or give as gifts, so I'm not really worried about that so much.
post #14 of 18
Finding decent wines at the inexpensive end of the market takes a bit of effort, but can be fun. We drink wine pretty frequently at my house (my doctor, a total abstainer, would say TOO frequently). The overwhelming majority of the wines we drink at home are in the under $20 range (indeed, often under $10), but on special occasions we'll splurge on things like a bottle of prestige cuvee champagne or a good red like an Opus One or a nice bordeaux. For celebratory occasions, especially paired with good food, I have absolutely no problem spending north of $100 on a bottle of wine. I have had a lot more bad cheap reds than bad cheap whites, but I think the chilled serving temperature of whites may mean you are less likely to notice defects. However, some of my favorite inexpensive wines are in fact reds.
post #15 of 18
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I drink red wine about once a week, I think my primary consumption of alcohol tends to be scotches, vodkas, and beers. However, I will usually crack a bottle of wine a week for a nice dinner with friends that usually involves red meat of some sort, so usually it will be a cab. For the most part, these tend to be either high quality home-grilled steaks or nicer restaurants, and if it's the latter and local, I try to pick places that allow corkage, and just bring a pretty good bottle of wine because a $20 corkage fee and a $50 bottle of wine bought at a discount wine shop is certainly cheaper than ordering same said bottle at the restaurant ($100+) assuming they even carry it. I have found some interesting red wines out of Austria, Hungary, Italy, and even France, but I generally like powerful red wines, so I will usually use a Cabernet or Bordeaux, sometimes Spanish Rioja, of which I have a decent collection as well.
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